Natural red food colour isolated from the insects Dactylopius coccus, living on different species of succulents. IN 120(i) is the pure colour, whereas IN 120(ii) is the crude extract.Function & characteristics:
Red food colour. Very soluble in water.
Up to 5 mg/kg body weight.
No side effects in the concentrations used in foods. Increased hyperactivity has been reported in a few cases. Contact allergy is well known when used in cosmetics.
As it is extracted from insects, IN 120 cannot be consumed by vegans and vegetarians and neither by some religious groups.
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